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Worldquant Interview Questions

by JC, published: 2011-11-15 09:49 viewed: 9677 times
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The following is a summary of the interview questions that a Chinese student has with Worldquant, for the benefit of any person who wants to get into Worldquant.

Interview Experience:

1st round: phone interview, resume questions, basic finance questions
2nd round: email programming questions, statistics in nature
3rd round: c/c++/unix/scripting language online test and personality/brainteaser test, could take up to 6 hours.

Comment 1:

world quant has no tolerance for inexperience guys. if you lost money is the first a couple months, you are fired. Not good for fresh Ph.Ds.

Comment 2:

For quant positions, they require background on statistics. Programming skill is needed, too. Finance knowledge is a plus, but probably not required.

For developers, there are/were three types: IT support (trade routing), simulation (back-testing), and data strategist (pre-processing data for traders). For all the three types, programming is the most important skill. Just prepare for the common programming and algorithm questions.

No idea about the trader positions.

Lots of Chinese developers there and they are nice, so no need to be nervous . They may ask you to go there several times to make sure everyone likes you, as it is not a big hedge fund.

To brush up your interview skill set, in particular, the data structure/algorithm ability, see this page for my recommendations:
Best Books For Preparing Computer Science Interviews

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Comments (6)
1. visitor 2010-11-17 09:51
I had a phone interview with an engineer. The interview directly began with questions - asked about many computer fields, such as programming language, data structures, probability, linux etc.
2. visitor 2011-01-04 03:53
I went there for interview 2 years ago, not a very nice firm. Asked you to do a lot of online and even character tests through phone interview before on-site. Some people were fired in a pretty short period of time. World Quant doesn't have much patience for you to perform.
3. visitor 2011-01-04 13:46
I went through their interview process before. The process was a mess and they showed little respect/professionalism. I also learnt that they have a very screwed up culture, consistent with what others said here. Don't even waste your time on their lengthy interview process.
4. QuantRec 2011-01-20 00:48
A lot of companies that are set up as entrepreneurial hedge funds have similar interviews and I know people that work there who worked in financial industry before that are still happy there. Not everybody is a good fit for every role...
5. xyz abc 2011-11-15 03:44
I went through their interview process before. The process was a mess and they showed little respect/professionalism. I also learnt that they have a very screwed up culture, consistent with what others said here. Don't even waste your time on their lengthy interview process.
6. JC 2011-11-15 09:49
@xyz abc
I wonder the company pay good salary, even though the interview process or management is not that great?
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